Back from the Dead!

Well…sort of. It wasn’t really dead. Just in a deep vampire slumber.

First there was a text message, then a few excited exchanges. A location was established for the production (finally!!!) Then talks of meetings and ideas. Then the first meeting happened with amazingly talented people. Troubleshooting and brainstorming. Ideas flying around, passions re-ignited! Excitement growing! Props were brought to the set. A second meeting. A set started taking shape! The script went through final tweaks. List-making commenced again, lots of keyboard clicking. Then a third meeting, key crew confirmations and then a new cast addition.

Indeed, Things We Dig has crawled out of its coffin, dusted itself off and is ready for blood!

We moved the coffin AND the chandelier this time ;)

This all has been quietly happening over the last 3 months or so. At first I kept it super quiet as not to jinx anything, but as things got rolling, it was getting harder and harder to keep it under wraps. I’m so excited! This is ALL of my focus right now and it is giving me LIFE!

Time to get crackin’!

The Appointment is set…

I’m doing it. I finally got enough nerve/craziness in me to do it. I’m scared, giddy, excited…and terrified at the same time!

I’m gonna produce and direct my own short film!

TheAppointmentScript

There. I said it….publicly. Now I really have to do it because ya’ll hold me to it, right?

It’s a short film titled ‘The Appointment‘. It’s only 7 pages, the genre is dark comedy (there will be blood, oh yeah!). One location. Four actors. As of right now, the project is officially in development. Yay!

Yay?

Yaaaaay! I can do it, damnit! I’ve done enough work (either paid  or volunteered) for so many indie film projects besides acting, either as a PA, editor, set photographer, 2nd camera, script supervisor, casting director, location scout, wardrobe, makeup, continuity, etc that I feel ready. Yes, I’m ready!

I got tired of waiting for the right role for me. I wanted to create a role for myself that really showcases my type, my brand, as it is called in the ‘industry’. A few years ago I was assigned a scene in my acting class and got to play a character that felt so ‘right’ and was so much fun to delve into that it always stayed in the back of my head.  I would tell myself, “That’s the kind of role I need”. Even my acting teacher agreed, telling me how some roles just click with an actor and that one certainly did.

Problem is, after all this time, I never got to play that role for a real acting gig. I came close with ‘Penance‘, but I wanted a little more dark humor added to it. I always had a rough outline and idea for a script, but just couldn’t make it work. Then one morning, right after waking up, it just hit me. Before I even got out of bed, I scrambled to gather my notepad and pen, and jotted down everything. It all just came tumbling out of my brain. Later I typed it up while I could still read and remember my chicken scratch.  After a few weeks I did some editing and finally polished it up.

And here we are. Today I’ll have a table read of the script with my acting buddy Mike Burnell (who I already cast, of course. I mean, I did write his role with him in mind while I was at it. ;)  It will give us a chance to hear it out loud and see how it feels and what needs to be tweaked. We’ll voice the parts of the other two  (supporting) actors for now. Once those two roles are cast, I plan on doing another, final table read before the actual film shoot, scheduled for October. I got a lot of things to plan first. The list of ‘to do’s’ is already staggering, yikes! In the meantime, do you know of any mansions or villas in the San Diego area that I can use as a location for a weekend or two? You’ll get a ‘location scout’ credit on imdb ;)

I also thought it might be interesting to blog about this whole process. From development to pre-production, to the actual filming and post production, and then to (hopefully) film festival acceptances and wins! (visualizing it right now..)

Want to help? Got questions? Please email me at email@piathrasher.com

Until next time – stay tuned!

 

 

Acting Bonus!

As if acting isn’t fun enough already – months later (or in some cases, weeks) comes the cherry on top: Receiving IMDb credits and seeing the film you were involved in on the big screen! Call it the ‘finished product’, the ‘dot on the i’, or simply: ‘fruits of labor’. Since it’s high time for an update on my blog, here’s the latest:

New IMDb credits for:

Haven in the Hills (dir. Mike Brown & Eric Fox) A very short horror flick for a competition, in which I play an abusive, drugged out mom.

Seizures (fka: ‘Vincent’, directed by Nicolas Simonin) A suspense thriller, in which I play an ER nurse. I also helped with the casting and yes, I was the script supervisor as well. I already blogged extensively about this intense, exhilarating, exhausting, amazing and fun shoot experience starting here.

Zombie Man (dir. Scott Wenger). A sweet, warm, funny and different kind of zombie flick. I played zombie Ms. Julie and also helped with some behind-the-scenes photography and videotaping.

Body Bag (dir. Dean Whitney). A horror short in which I didn’t act, but I was the script supervisor.

I’m very excited to announce that ALL of the above also made it into various film festivals!

Zombie Man‘ will be screened at the San Diego Film Festival Friday September 28th and 30th at 5pm and 2:30 respectively in the Reading Theater in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Seizures‘ will be screened at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival September 28th and 29th in Los Angeles (San Pedro) at The Warner Grand Theatre.

Haven in the Hills‘ and ‘Body Bag‘ will BOTH be screened at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival November 10th and 11th in San Diego in the 10th Avenue Theater.

Congratulations to the hardworking cast and crew and I hope to see you there!